Did you know hydrogen can be used as a zero-emissions fuel?
Australian, state and territory governments are working together on a National Hydrogen Strategy.
This animated video explores clean hydrogen and the opportunity for Australians.
In a vector animation, white clouds circle planet Earth. A fast descent to the Australian continent. White icons appear on the green Australian landmass. Hydro turbine icons turn above some water symbols, a sun rises above solar panels and wind turbines spin on a mountainside.
Countries around the world are working to reduce emissions, and this is driving a transition towards a clean and secure energy future. In this future energy picture, we all need clean, flexible, storable and safe fuels. Hydrogen ticks all of these boxes. When used as a fuel, it doesn't produce any carbon emissions. It produces water.
An animated water droplet falls into a body of water. Below, a white stick figure scratches its head.
The only thing is, we don't usually find hydrogen in the form we can use as a fuel. That's because it's bound up in substances like water, natural gas, coal and biomass. This means we have to extract it. We can extract hydrogen from water using renewable electricity.
In a schematic-style animation, two circles, one that has renewable energy icons inside it and the other a water droplet, are linked to a vertical rectangle. Inside the rectangle a ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ icon are positioned above diodes in a tank. Hydrogen and oxygen labelled bubbles rise up from the tank. The schematic extends to two circles on the right, one has the chemical symbol for hydrogen inside it and the other oxygen.
This method releases no carbon emissions. We can also extract hydrogen from natural gas, coal and biomass using heat to drive chemical reactions with water.
A second schematic has icons for gas, coal and biomass linked with a flame and water icon to a power plant. The schematic extends to two circles on the right, one has the chemical symbol for hydrogen inside and the other carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide symbol becomes a padlock.
This method does release carbon emissions and we need to make sure these are captured and stored safely.
In the earlier animation, white clouds circle planet Earth. A fast descent to the Australian continent. White icons appear on the green Australian landmass.
In Australia, we have an abundance of the natural resources you need to make clean hydrogen, making hydrogen an ideal clean energy solution to help power Australia.
In a vector animation, a gas tanker bobs its way out of a city harbour.
A fast ascent and a white arrow curves up from the Australian east coast to Japan and Korea.
There is also an opportunity for Australia to become a global supplier of hydrogen. Countries like Japan and South Korea have made commitments to using hydrogen to fuel their societies. By adding hydrogen to our economy, we could create jobs, especially in regional areas, and increase prosperity.
In a vector diagram, a central circle has the hydrogen chemical symbol inside. Other circles diverge and form branches around it. Inside the various circles are icons for a house, a city, a briefcase and numerous dollar symbols.
The diagram becomes a double page in an open book. The pages of the book turn. The book closes and the cover reads ‘National Hydrogen Strategy’.
It's for these reasons that Australian governments are working together on a National Hydrogen Strategy. You can read about the work Australian governments are doing at industry.gov.au/hydrogen. Australian Government.
The Australian government coat of arms. The COAG Energy Council logo is a circular rainbow-coloured aperture.
Email hydrogen [at] industry.gov.au